Washington, D.C., partner Mike Remington was quoted in two recent Bloomberg BNA articles. The first, titled, “MPHJ Deal With FTC Seen as Wrist Slap While Debate Over Legislation Continues,” discussed how the notorious “patent troll” MPHJ Technology Investments settled with the Federal Trade Commission addressing their “demand letters” practices. Many believe that the settlement agreement was just a “slap on the wrist” instead of taking a harder stance and that it still did not eliminate the need for legislation directed at the same types of practices by others.
“I always thought the FTC had the authority to begin with, and the legislation was primarily codifying that. Is there a need for the legislation given the FTC’s decision that they have authority? MPHJ apparently agreed that the FTC does have that authority, because they settled,” Mike said.
The second article, titled, “Effect of Election on Patent Litigation, Demand Letter, Other IP Legislation Weighed,” discussed how several bills related to intellectual property lost a sponsor either through resignation or a loss in the 2014 midterm election. Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.), sponsor of a bill to curb patent “demand letter” abuses lost his bid for re-election and Rep. J. Howard Coble (R-N.C.), the most recent chairman of the Judiciary Committee's IP-focused subcommittee, has retired
“The House is losing two effective members who are both smart lawyers and who were able to merge their positions on law, technology and issues that require legislative action,” said Mike. “Howard Coble was an excellent subcommittee chair, not only on intellectual property, but also court reform issues. He'll be sorely missed. Congressman Terry's loss is a loss for the Congress, irrespective of the impact on legislation,” he added
Mike also commented on the effect of the election on patent litigation, whether he saw changes ahead for the Copyright Act and the future of the Deter Cyber Theft Act, which will require a new sponsor in the next Congress.
To read “MPHJ Deal With FTC Seen as Wrist Slap While Debate Over Legislation Continues,” click here.
To read “Effect of Election on Patent Litigation, Demand Letter, Other IP Legislation Weighed,” click here.